Spiritual Craft

These, then, are the tools of the spiritual craft. When we have used them without ceasing day and night and have returned them on the day of judgment our wages will be the reward God has promised: "What the eye has not seen nor the ear heard, God has prepared for those who love (1 Cor. 2:9)." The workshop where we are to toil faithfully at all these tasks is the enclosure of the monastery and stability in the community. RB 4: 75-78

Stability is
+ fundamental for Benedict
+ a call and a gift
+ a spiritual attitude which makes possible the perseverance of living a good life
+ a way of life in which one will engage in good works in a spirit of truthfulness and self-honesty
+ motivated by a sincere, gentle, and self-forgetful love